American tennis legend Andre Agassi, one of only two men to win all four majors and a singles Olympic gold medal, is backing squash’s bid to earn the lone open spot in the 2020 Olympics.
“Squash is absolutely one of the best, toughest sports,” Agassi told the World Squash Federation. “The Games would be proud.”
Agassi met and took a picture with 2012 NCAA squash national champion Ali Farag and Harvard teammate Haley Mendez to show his support for the sport’s Olympic bid after Agassi spoke at the Leadership Institute at Harvard on Tuesday.
He joins fellow tennis star Roger Federer, who was spotted holding the “Back the Bid” card with squash world champ Nicol David back in February, as well as Grand Slam champs Kim Clijsters and Stefan Edberg, who’ve also proudly supported the sport.
Squash will be up against wrestling, karate, wushu, sport climbing, wake boarding, roller sports, and a joint baseball/softball bid in an IOC executive board vote in St. Petersburg next month.
The U.S. Olympic marathon trials will air live for the first time, on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. ET.
The top three finishers in each of the men’s and women’s races in Los Angeles will become the first members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team.
The men’s race (1:06 p.m. ET) includes 2012 Olympic trials winner Meb Keflezighi hoping to become the oldest U.S. Olympic runner ever, Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp in his 26.2-mile debut and three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein, who was fourth at the 2012 trials in Houston.
The women’s race (1:22 p.m. ET) includes all three 2012 Olympic marathon team members — Shalane Flanagan, Desi Linden and Kara Goucher. Plus, Amy Hastings Cragg, who was fourth at trials four years ago.
Tom Hammond hosts coverage, joined by Craig Masback, Tim Hutchings, Lewis Johnson and Carrie Tollefson.
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Usain Bolt has not expressed much of a desire to go into coaching in retirement, but he plays the role in a commercial published Tuesday.
The six-time Olympic champion sprinter acted in a one-minute spot for the South African telecommunications company Telkom.
At one point in the commercial, Bolt wears headphones with the number “9.58” on one side, referencing his 100m world record.
It’s unknown when Bolt will compete for the first time in 2016, but when healthy he usually does smaller races in Jamaica in the late winter before ramping up in the spring and summer outdoor season.
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